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Hearty Stuffed Butternut Squash
Hearty Stuffed Butternut Squash PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

Guys. Let's talk about this plate of colorful stuffed butternut squash. Not only are they gorgeous but they taste pretty amazing, too. Serve them at your holiday table as a side dish or vegetarian main dish.

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Makes 4 entrée or 8 side dish servings
Start to Finish: 1 hour 30 minutes

Ingredients

Squash

2 small butternut squash, cut in half lengthwise and seeds removed

2½ tablespoons olive oil

1¼ cups corn kernels 

Filling

1 cup quinoa

2 cups water or vegetable broth

One 14-ounce can chickpeas, drained

1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced

1 cup chopped roasted red peppers

½ cup chopped fresh parsley

1 cup chopped hazelnuts

⅓ cup olive oil

¼ cup apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

⅓ cup shredded Gruyère cheese

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Prepare two baking sheets.

2. Rub the inside of the butternut squash halves with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and then place the halves, cut sides down, on a baking sheet. Roast until the squash is just tender, 20 to 25 minutes.

3. Transfer the corn to the second baking sheet and drizzle with the remaining ½ tablespoon olive oil. Roast until the corn begins to turn golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes.

4. While the squash roasts, prepare the filling. In a small pot, combine the quinoa and water or broth. Bring to a simmer and cook until the liquid is nearly gone and the quinoa is tender, 12 to 15 minutes.

5. Transfer the quinoa to a large bowl and toss with the roasted corn, chickpeas, scallions, red peppers, parsley and hazelnuts.

6. In a small bowl, whisk the olive oil with the vinegar and mustard to combine. Season with salt and pepper.

7. Add the dressing to the filling and toss well to coat. Arrange the filling inside the butternut squash halves. You can scoop out some of the cooked squash to make more room for the filling or you can just pile it on top.

8. Garnish each piece of squash with 2 tablespoons of the shredded Gruyère and then return to the oven until the cheese is melted and the filling is warm, 10 to 12 minutes more.

9. Serve warm, immediately.

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